PhD Projects/Positions

There are a number of PhD project available for self funded students. 
Synthesis and Characterization of Piezoelectric Composites for Sensing and Actuation
The proposed research aims to develop state of the art lead free piezoelectric composites which can be used for actuation and sensing applications.  The success of the research will depend upon selection of a processing routes and insight into materials selection criteria. These composites will be characterized using scanning electron microscope (SEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and other electric and mechanical characterization equipment. 
Science/Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or a related subject with a materials component will be preferred. Knowledge of fundamental electrical engineering is highly desirable.
Northumbria University at Newcastle, United Kingdom
Development of advance functional materials for energy storage application
Ceramics are commercially used due to their excellent dielectric properties compared to their polymeric counterparts. However, high processing cost and brittleness of ceramics limit their use in applications demanding flexibility and ease of integration. An intensive research is currently being conducted to produce a highly dielectric materials that can replace PVDF which is an expensive material. It has been proven that composites can demonstrate dielectric composites comparable to PVDF. Unlike conventional ceramic or polymeric materials, these composites are easy to manufacture and also prove cost effective.
  
Northumbria University at Newcastle, United Kingdom
Low Temperature Synthesis of Functional Materials
The proposed research aims to develop state of the art functional materials can be used for actuation, energy storage, sensing and energy harvvesting applications.  The success of the research will depend upon optimization of a processing routes and insight into microstructural characterization of the synthesised material.  
Science/Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or a related subject with a materials component will be preferred. Knowledge of fundamental electrical engineering is highly desirable.
Northumbria University at Newcastle, United Kingdom
Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:
Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
Appropriate IELTS score, if required.


For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
or contact Dr. Jibran Khaliq at jibran.khaliq@northumbria.ac.uk

Please note that above mentioned projects are available to UK/EU and international students who can arrange their OWN funding.

Please get in touch if you want to have an informal discussion regarding above mentioned projects or if you want to propose your own project.